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The flip side is that those leaving sensed they still wouldn't see much playing time with other players returning and players Mercer is bringing in.   Could also be family situations, academics, etc.  On the surface, I agree with mjhoosier, but we never know for certain unless we have an insider to the baseball program who can shed more light for us.

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1 hour ago, mjhoosier said:

When there is a coaching Change, There’s always the Chance That players that committed to the previous Coaches eventually decide to transfer. It’s too bad but I’m sure the coaches will Continue to sign quality players. What’s surprising is after having 10 guys drafted and open playing spots available that some wouldn’t give it another year to compete for more playing time.

I would assume Mercer is surprised by some but not all of the transfers.



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But we brought in 3 grad transfers and 3 jucos as well. 

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I'll get this out of the way and tell you guys there is going to be at least a fifth transfer (not going to name it until it's "official" but this player is gone) as well I know of for sure. It is not anyone who plays regularly and makes little difference but found out about it last weekend. 

I will say to have 5 transfers is a lot, but other than Walker, it is guys who never play and Walker is mediocre at best. What you have to worry about is when you lose your core which we did not. None of the guys who left are guys I had pencil in to play this year. In this day in age of instant gratification (especially after a coaching change) anytime players don't play, they leave.  

Trust me we have the right guy in charge in Mercer. With what is coming in and what's returning I expect another pretty good year where we are right in contention assuming Sommer and Bierman take a leap and we find a third starter for Sunday which I think we will.  

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I'll get this out of the way and tell you guys there is going to be at least a fifth transfer (not going to name it until it's "official" but this player is gone) as well I know of for sure. It is not anyone who plays regularly and makes little difference but found out about it last weekend. 

I will say to have 5 transfers is a lot, but other than Walker, it is guys who never play and Walker is mediocre at best. What you have to worry about is when you lose your core which we did not. None of the guys who left are guys I had pencil in to play this year. In this day in age of instant gratification (especially after a coaching change) anytime players don't play, they leave.  

Trust me we have the right guy in charge in Mercer. With what is coming in and what's returning I expect another pretty good year where we are right in contention assuming Sommer and Bierman take a leap and we find a third starter for Sunday which I think we will.  

Some of the pitchers coming in have some of the best velo and pure stuff on the mound that IU has had in a while that I can think of. I think finding arms to fill out the rotation and bullpen will be fine as long as they can be consistent.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Aaron said:

I'll get this out of the way and tell you guys there is going to be at least a fifth transfer (not going to name it until it's "official" but this player is gone) as well I know of for sure. It is not anyone who plays regularly and makes little difference but found out about it last weekend. 

I will say to have 5 transfers is a lot, but other than Walker, it is guys who never play and Walker is mediocre at best. What you have to worry about is when you lose your core which we did not. None of the guys who left are guys I had pencil in to play this year. In this day in age of instant gratification (especially after a coaching change) anytime players don't play, they leave.  

Trust me we have the right guy in charge in Mercer. With what is coming in and what's returning I expect another pretty good year where we are right in contention assuming Sommer and Bierman take a leap and we find a third starter for Sunday which I think we will.  

Bridge and Busald are both transferring. I think it'll end up as 6. 

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16 hours ago, btownqb said:

Bridge and Busald are both transferring. I think it'll end up as 6. 

I knew about one of those not the other. Again, 5 guys who barely played and Walker. Busald was flat out terrible the couple times he pitched and Bridge didn't play enough to know anything. All these guys except Walker were never going to play here. They are the type of players who may of played ten years ago when team was lesser talented pre-Tracy Smith but now very unlikely.

As for guys that are returning, Sommer was flat out dominant on Tuesday and pitched 5 shutout innings in summer league which is good to see given he is projected as the Saturday starter probably. 

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9 minutes ago, Aaron said:

I knew about one of those not the other. Again, 5 guys who barely played and Walker. Busald was flat out terrible the couple times he pitched and Bridge didn't play enough to know anything. All these guys except Walker were never going to play here. They are the type of players who may of played  ten years ago when team was lesser talented  pre-Tracy Smith but now very unlikely.

As for guys that are returning, Sommer was flat out dominant on Tuesday and pitched 5 shutout innings in summer league which is good to see given he is projected as the Saturday starter probably. 

Yep agreed. 

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I was hearing this was going to happen, but Eli Dunham officially announces he is coming back despite being drafted. Means we lost 8 of 10 draftees but return him and Barr which is huge.

With Mercer, I fully expect them to take next step forward and be top 10-20 round picks next year. I could see both being in contention for Big Ten Player of Year.

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